On This Day in Sport for April 23

  • April

Events in Sport

  • 1903 NY Highlanders (Yankees) win their 2nd game beating Washington Senators 7-2
  • 1919 Major leagues open a reduced 140-game season
  • 1933 Dovo soccer team forms in Veenendaal

Sports record brokenBaseball Event

1939 Boston Red Sox Ted Williams hits his 1st HR

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 1940 NY Yankees dedicate a plaque to Jacob Rupert
  • 1946 Brooklyn Dodger Ed Head no-hits Boston Braves, 5-0
  • 1950 1st major league day game completed under lights (Phils 6, Braves 5)
  • 1950 NBA Championship: Minneapolis Lakers beat Syracuse Nationals, 110-95 to take series, 4 games to 2
  • 1950 Stanley Cup Final, Olympia Stadium, Detroit, MI: Pete Babando scores Cup-winning goal in double overtime of Game 7 as Detroit Red Wings beat NY Rangers, 4-3 for a 4-3 series win

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1954 Hammerin' Hank Aaron hits 1st of his 755 homers

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1958 Gil Hodges hits his 300th HR & Pee Wee Reese plays in 2,000th game

MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges
  • 1962 NY Mets win their 1st game ever, after going 0-9, beat Pirates 9-1
  • 1964 Houston Colt 45s Ken Johnson becomes 1st major league pitcher to lose a 9 inning no-hitter, Reds win 1-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969 LA Laker Jerry West scores 53 points

NBA Guard Jerry West
NBA Guard
Jerry West
  • 1977 ADO Den Haag soccer team forms in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1977 Czech chess master Vlastimil Hort plays 201 games simultaneously & only loses 10
  • 1983 David Hookes scores his only Test Cricket century, 143* v Sri Lanka
  • 1985 Brooklyn College soccer team wins Nepal's invitational
  • 1987 NJ Devils farm team Maine Mariners (AHL) move to Utica (Devils) NY

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar plays his last game as a Laker

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 Nolan Ryan blows a no hitter in 9th inning

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 1989 NFL Draft: UCLA quarterback Troy Aikman first pick by Dallas Cowboys

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 Björn Borg loses 6-2, 6-3 to Jordi Arrese after an 8 year lay off without practising or playing any exhibition matches

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • 1991 Gordon Greenidge scores 223 v Aus, his last Test Cricket knock at home
  • 2005 NFL Draft: University of Utah quarterback Alex Smith first pick by San Francisco 49ers
  • 2011 Zach Daniels defeated Rick Michaels to become the new TNT Heavyweight Champion.
  • 2012 38,000 London Marathon entrants have their home and email contacts published in a data protection breach

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2013 West Indian cricketer, Chris Gayle, smashes the fastest century in history (30 balls)

Cricketer Chris Gayle
Cricketer
Chris Gayle
  • 2019 Southampton striker Shane Long scores fastest goal in English Premier League history when he nets after 7.69 seconds in 1-1 draw at Watford

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1881 Claude Carter, South African cricketer (took 28 wkts 10 Tests for South Africa), born in Durban, South Africa (d. 1952)
  • 1900 Jim Bottomley, American baseball player, born in Oglesby, Illinois (d. 1959)
  • 1905 William Conolly-Carew, 6th Baron Carew (d. 1994)
  • 1916 Bud Wilkinson, American college football coach (Oklahoma), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1994)
  • 1921 Warren Spahn, Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher (Boston/Milwaukee Braves), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2003)
  • 1924 Chuck Harmon, American baseball player, born in Washington, Indiana
  • 1936 John D'Arcy, New Zealand cricketer (NZ Test batsman on 1958 England tour), born in Christchurch New Zealand
  • 1937 Barry Shepherd, Australian cricketer (Australian lefty bat early 60's), born in Donnybrook, Australia
  • 1937 Don Massengale, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1967 runner-up), born in Jackson, Texas (d. 2007)
  • 1943 Tony Esposito, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender (Canadiens, Blackhawks), born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
  • 1952 Terry Moor, American tennis star, born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1955 Tony Miles, English chess grandmaster, born in Birmingham, England (d. 2001)
  • 1959 George Kalovelonis, Greek tennis player, born in Athens, Greece
  • 1960 Jodie Mudd, American golfer (Players C'ship 1990), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1965 Donna Weinbrecht, American skier (Olympic gold 1992), born in Hoboken, New Jersey
  • 1966 Wayne Drinkwalter, CFL defensive tackle (BC Lions), born in Thunder Bay, Ontario
  • 1967 Rheal Cormier, Canadian baseball pitcher (Montreal Expos), born in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada
  • 1969 Martín López-Zubero, Spanish backstroke swimmer (world record 200m), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1969 Nadeem Shahid, English cricketer, born in Karachi, Pakistan
  • 1969 Yelena Shushunova, Russian gymnast (1988 Olympic Champion), born in Leningrad, Soviet Union (d. 2018)
  • 1970 Cristiano Caratti, Italian tennis star (1987 Orange Bowl boys doubles), born in Acqui Terme, Italy
  • 1971 Chuck Adams, Pacific Palisades California, tennis star (1989 USTA Boys), born in Pacific Palisades, California
  • 1972 Rachel Hetherington, Australian golfer (ANA Inspiration 2001 runner-up, 8 LPGA Tour titles), born in Port Macquarie, NSW
  • 1973 Derek Armstrong, Canadian NHL center (NY Islanders), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1973 Patrick Poulin, Canadian NHL left wing (Tampa Bay Lightning), born in Vanier, Quebec, Canada
  • 1974 Joey Kent, American football wide receiver (Tennessee Oilers), born in Huntsville, Alabama
  • 1974 Sam Madison, American football cornerback (Miami Dolphins), born in Thomasville, Georgia
  • 1974 Bret Anderson, Canadian football slot back (BC Lions), born in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
  • 1976 Tamas Buday Jr, Canadian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1977 Andruw Jones, Curaçaoan baseball player, born in Willemstad, Curaçao
  • 1977 Willie Mitchell, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Port McNeill, British Columbia, Canada
  • 1977 Lee Young-Pyo, Korean footballer, born in Hongcheon, Gangwon, South Korea
  • 1978 Gezahegne Abera, Ethiopian distance runner (Olympic gold marathon 2000, World C'ship gold 2001), born in Etya, Ethiopia
  • 1981 Sean Henn, American baseball player (NY Yankees), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1983 Daniela Hantuchová, Slovakian tennis player, born in Poprad, Czechoslovakia
  • 1983 Jennifer Heil, Canadian free style skier (Olympic gold 2006), born in Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada
  • 1984 Alexandra Kosteniuk, Russian chess grandmaster (Women's World Chess Champion 2008-10), born in Perm, Russia
  • 1986 Sven Kramer, Dutch speed skater, born in Heerenveen, Netherlands
  • 1988 Victor Anichebe, Nigerian footballer, born in Lagos, Nigeria
  • 1988 Alistair Brownlee, British triathlete (Olympic gold 2012, 16), born in Dewsbury, England
  • 1989 Nicole Vaidišová, Czech tennis player, born in Nuremberg, West Germany

Person of interestChloe Kim

2000 Chloe Kim, American snowboarder (Olympic Gold 2018), born in Torrance, California

Snowboarder Chloe Kim
Snowboarder
Chloe Kim

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1982 Professional boxer George Foreman (33) divorces Sharon Goodson after 7 months of marriage

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman

Deaths in Sport


Person of interestTim Keefe

1933 Tim Keefe, US Major League Baseball pitcher, dies at 76

Major League Baseball Pitcher Tim Keefe
Major League Baseball Pitcher
Tim Keefe
  • 1974 Cy Williams, American MLB outfielder (4-time NL HR leader), dies at 86
  • 1976 Karl Schäfer, Austrian figure skater (Olympic gold 1932, 36), dies at 66
  • 1983 Clarence "Buster" Crabbe, American swimmer (Olympic gold 1932) and actor (Tarzan the Fearless, Flash Gordon), dies of a heart attack at 75
  • 1986 Jim Laker, cricketer (193 wkts for England at 21 24), dies
  • 1995 Howard Cosell, sportscaster (Monday Night Football), dies at 77
  • 1995 John Stennis, (Sen-D-MS), dies at 93
  • 1997 Dennis Compton, England cricket batsman & footballer (5,807 Test runs, Arsenal 1950 FA Cup), dies at 78
  • 2005 Earl Wilson, American baseball player (b. 1934)
  • 2017 Kenny Sears, American NBA player (NY Knicks), dies at 83
  • 2018 Sachio Kinugasa, Japanese baseman nicknamed Tetsujin, meaning "Iron Man", dies of colon cancer at 71